Impatiens flanaganiae
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©Brad Walker, February 5, 2012
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  Impatiens flanaganiae - I bought one of these 4
years ago and it only lived the one year. The species
name, flanaganiae was named after Mrs. Flanagan,  
the lady who discovered it in the Eastern Cape of
Africa. They grow from a dark pink tuber the size of a
small potato, a large plant with big leaves. It has
flowers in umbels instead of individual bloom,opening
in succession. They were bubble gum pink with
darker centers.  The heat and humidity during the
summer made the tuber rot and it I lost it, I have since
read that they prefer cooler spots in the garden.
  I bought another one last year (2011) and the
central tuber had started to rot, but had sent out
offsets.  I had 3 plants 2 succumbed to soft scale
(had never seen these before),  one survived but was
in bad shape.  When fall came I pulled it up and the
main tuber had rotted as before, but it had one small
tuber about the size of a shallot that was still firm.  I
put about an inch of vermiculite in a pot and put the
pot in a humidity chamber for rooting cuttings.  It sit
dormant all winter, but has now sent out 3 new
growths, going to pot it up in a couple of weeks.  
  This year when the temperatures start rising toward
the 90's I'm going to put it down by the creekhouse
where it can stay cool.
  Below you can see  how large this plant really is,
that is a 42" bicycle tire next to it, and it is in a 12" pot.
  Left - Here you can see the tuber
and the new growths emerging on
March 30, 2012.  The tuber is laying
on its side and has two smaller growths
coming out.  The leaves at the top are
Episcia 'Silver Dust' cuttings.
  Below - A cheap, heavy duty rooting container, you can buy these at Wal-Mart for
a couple of bucks.   I rooted my christmas and easter cactus, sinningia lyndleyii,
episcia, columnea,  and several other things over the winter.  The tuber for the
impatien just laid there with a easter cactus rooting in the pot with it.  I really like
these containers as they hold the humidity steady and diffuse the light a little, so it
is easier to get the cutting started.